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LED Robot Ornament 

Written By: Becky Stern 


Hot Glue gun & hot glue (1) 
Pencil or pen (1) 
Pliers (1) 
Utility knifed) 


Cardboard (1) 

Spray paint (1) 

LED Sewing Kit (1) 

or two LEDs and a coincell battery with 


Yarn, string, or other cord (1) 


Crafting under pressure is irresistible. This year the Craftzine gals suggested an ornament 
swap-- 12 days before Christmas. With a lot on our plates we all agreed to make time for 
crafting eight handmade ornaments each, and the deadline made it even more intense. 
Cheers to speed crafting! 

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LED Robot Ornament 

Step 1 — LED Robot Ornament 

• Spray paint some scrap cardboard — I chose silver. 

• Sketch out your robot designs, either in a notebook first or directly on the cardboard. 

Step 2 

• Cut out your robots' bodies. 

• Cut legs and arms from small strips of cardboard. 

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Step 3 

• Glue on arms and legs. 

• Keep a bowl of ice water 
nearby when using a hot 
glue gun. 


Step 4 

• Pierce two holes for each LED with an awl. 

• Feed the LED legs through the holes, minding the polarity. The long (+) leads should both 
be facing the same way. 

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Step 5 

• On the back, twist the two long leads (+) together, and twist the two short leads (-) 
together. This is called wiring the LEDs in parallel. 

• Look for the (-) symbol near one side of the battery holder. Stack the holder on top of the 
LED leads matching + to + and - to -. 

• The circuit is the same as my LED shoe clips project as well as my firefly embroidery 
project . 

Step 6 

• Use pliers to twist the LED leads around the battery holder legs, and insert a battery to 
confirm the circuit illuminates the robot's eyes. 

• Use hot glue to secure the battery holder while it's still on. 

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Step 7 

• Slide a strip of paper between the battery and the holder to provide a pull-to-start tab. 

• Insert the battery in the holder, pinching the paper strip between. 

• Write "pull here" on the paper strip. 

Step 8 

• Draw buttons, dials, the current year, or any other decorations on your robot. 

• Don't forget to sign the back! 

• Glue on a loop of string for hanging. 

• Merry Xmas! 

This document was last generated on 2012-10-31 10:39:31 AM. 

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